Merryn Gott is Professor of Health Sciences and co-Associate Head Research at the School of Nursing, The University of Auckland. She co-directs the Te Ārai Palliative and End of Life Care Research Group with Māori researcher, Dr Tess Moeke-Maxwell.
The group work within a bicultural framework developed by the Te Arai Kahui Kaumātua (Māori elder advisory group) and have a commitment to social justice and promoting health equity. They use a range of creative arts-based methods to conduct and disseminate their research.
Merryn has published over 250 journal articles and several books. In 2014 Merryn was awarded the New Zealand Association of Scientists’ Research Medal, an annual award which recognises ‘outstanding fundamental or applied research in the physical, natural or social sciences’. In 2016 she was recognised as NEXT Woman of the Year for Health and Science and in 2019 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, Te Apārangi.